Thursday, October 21, 2010

Obama, 'Lost' star, promote Hawaii Democrats, humpback whales return, affordable housing coming to Maui, Hawaii park fees begin, Kahuku wind farm moving forward, more news from the islands

President Obama appears in new television advertisements for U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie for governor and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa for U.S. Congress as local Democrats try to seize on the Hawaii-born president's popularity in the islands. Star-Advertiser.

President Barack Obama is supporting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Neil Abercrombie in a new TV ad. KHON2.

Actor Daniel Day Kim plays Chin Ho Kelly on the blockbuster remake of Hawaii 5-0, but the former Pennsylvania native turned Hawaii resident, has another role in the islands – advocating for the Democratic Party this election. Hawaii Reporter.

There are new attacks and counter-attacks in the race for Governor. Hawaii News Now.

Governor candidate Duke Aiona on Wednesday said Neil Abercrombie's campaign is using social networking to spread false information about his relationship with a controversial religious group. KITV4.

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, the Republican candidate for governor, claimed yesterday that former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, his Democratic opponent, has engaged in negative campaigning by spreading a video that links him to an international evangelical network with controversial views about homosexuality. Star-Advertiser.

Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona charged Wednesday that a senior member of the Neil Abercrombie campaign has brought "an extreme level of negative campaigning" into the governor election. Civil Beat.

Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Djou and Democrat Colleen Hanabusa are battling over Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, but there's a third person at work in the Nov. 2 general election: Ed Case. Associated Press.

Voters will be asked to decide on an appointed school board and forming a transit authority for the rail but there are plenty of other important questions on this ballot that could trip up voters if they don't do some research. Hawaii News Now.

Retaining the counties' portion of the Transient Accommodations Tax, bringing jobs back to the Big Island and improving the island's health care system were some of the offers candidates seeking West Hawaii's two seats in the state House of Representatives. West Hawaii Today.

The final Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce political forum Tuesday evening at the War Memorial Convention Hall was far removed from the tense discussions of similar past events — at least at the beginning. Garden Island.

Rep. John Mizuno wants to increase the possible penalty for endangering the welfare of a minor after a Kalihi man allegedly left his eleven month old baby home alone for several hours Tuesday evening. KHON2.

The Pacific Whale Foundation says the first humpback whale of the season has been spotted off the west coast of Maui. Associated Press.

The open wounds are visible several miles from the island -- strips of red earth cut by explosives, grazing animals, wind and rain, bleeding an estimated 2 millions tons of soil a year into the ocean. Star-Advertiser.

Volunteers are lining up for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.There's no room service. Or housekeeping. The boat over is no luxury liner. Still, there's a two year waiting list to get on the tiny island of Kahoolawe. Hawaii News Now.

The state has begun charging visitors and commercial tour vehicles to park at Iao Valley State Monument. Maui News.

A Honolulu Liquor Commission investigator is suing the city, saying he suffered discrimination and retaliation when Dewey Kim was the commission administrator. Star-Advertiser.

Former Honolulu City Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Takata, ousted when new Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro took office this month, was not out of work for long. Hawaii Reporter.

Maui County Council members voted 6-2 late Tuesday to approve the Kula Ridge project that promises to bring 59 affordable housing units for senior citizens and single families. Maui News.

The wind farm project in Kahuku reached a milestone over the weekend when the final turbine was erected, company officials said. KITV4.

The overarching goal of the North Shore Sustainable Communities Plan is to keep the region’s population—1.7 percent of the Oahu’s total—consistent through the year 2025. Hawaii Independent.

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is considering re-designating Mo`omomi-Anahaki as a “Special District,” which would protect resources, provide stewardship opportunities and preserve the unique sense of place. Molokai Dispatch.

Action on a proposed bill to impose impact fees on new developments to provide for infrastructure was postponed Tuesday by the County Council's Planning Committee. West Hawaii Today.

It's make or break-even in the Hawaii auto industry. KHON2.

Hawaii County Council members narrowly support borrowing $56 million to build parks, roads and other infrastructure, but don't want the money tied to specific projects. Tribune-Herald.

A proposed ordinance authorizing the county to issue up to $56 million in general obligation bonds for various Big Island public improvement projects is moving on to the Hawaii County Council. West Hawaii Today.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., the North Kohala community will come together to make a human chain over a mile long to move the collection of 15,000 books and other materials, by hand, from the old Bond Memorial Public Library to the newly constructed North Kohala Public Library, one and a third miles away. Big Island Weekly.